FCC clinches €25m Costa Rican airport contract

Esther Alcocer Koplowitz receives CEAL Award

Global infrastructure and environmental services group FCC have won a €25m contract to refurbish Costa Rica’s largest airport – the Juan Santamaria. The project comes as part of a planned €36.5b infrastructure investment by the Costa Rican government.

Positioned 18 kilometers from San José, the Juan Santamaria site will see the construction of a €25m hangar, a number of ancillary buildings – used for workshops, the storing flammable liquids and materials and general use – and a 150-space car park.

Juan Santamaria Airport FCC

The facades and roof will be similar in appearance, with the ancillary buildings sharing the hangar’s aesthetic. FCC report that special attention has been paid to the collection and disposal of rain. The project, which will encompass a total area of 21,894 sq m, has a completion period of eighteen months.

The Juan Santamaria project is included within the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Works’ National Transport Plan – a investment programme of €36.5b in road, rail, airport and aircraft over the next 25 years, the contracts for most of which will be by tender.

FCC Juan Santamaria airport

The Alajuela facilities serve airlines flying to the entire American continent and their European connections. Juan Santamaria is one of the fastest growing in the region, in number of passengers (with nearly five million per year), the number of carriers used and cargo volume.

Earlier this month, FCC Chairwoman Esther Alcocer Koplowitz was awarded the Business Growth Award by the Latin America Business Council (CEAL) in recognition of FCC’s expansion in the region.

Richard Greenan